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Archbishop Bruno Forte, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, Cardinal Peter Erdo, and Fr. Federico Lombardi at the press briefing on the Synod on the Family, Oct. 5, 2015.

Paris archbishop says 'there will be no spectacular revolution at the synod'

There are no “spectacular revolutions” in the offing at the Synod of Bishops, and those expecting one will be disappointed,... Read more

A wax figure of St. Therese of Lisieux.

The relics of St Therese, and her parents, will be displayed throughout the synod

Glass cases with the relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux and her parents, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, will be... Read more

Prayer vigil before the 2015 Synod on the Family October 3, 2015.

Pope tells Synod Fathers to learn from the Holy Family

Pope Francis on Saturday presided over a candlelight vigil for the Synod on the Family, calling on the Synod Fathers... Read more

Opening Session of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican on Oct. 6, 2014.

What to expect from this year's synod of bishops

As the synod’s schedule and methodology were rolled out ahead of its launch this weekend, some novelties came along with... Read more

Christians in Nigeria. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Maiduguri.

As synod approaches, Nigerian bishops speak up for the family

Nigeria’s bishops closed their latest assembly with a view toward the upcoming Synod on the Family, re-affirming the family while... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.

Cardinal Sarah: efforts to 'soften' Christ's teaching ignore the Good News of mercy

Efforts to ‘soften’ Christian teaching on the family are not a solution for those wounded by sin, Cardinal Robert Sarah,... Read more

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How marriage prep is failing Catholics, and what we can do about it

The Church needs to seriously consider changing the way it approaches marriage preparation say John and Claire Grabowski, a couple... Read more

Opening session of the Synod of Bishops, Oct. 6, 2014.

Synod guiding document: families need the Church's message of mercy

The document set to guide this year’s synod discussions on the family touches on hot-button issues such as homosexuality and... Read more

A Bishop reads a newspaper in the Vatican's Synod Hall before the Friday session of the Synod on the Family, Oct. 10, 2014.

Scholar from JPII Institute on marriage, family to advise helmsman of 2015 Synod

As the church prepares for the 2015 Synod on the Family, one of the newly-named advisers to the synod of... Read more

A Bishop reads a newspaper in the Vatican's Synod Hall before the Friday session of the Synod on the Family Oct. 10, 2014.

Archbishops Chaput, Gomez confirmed participants in Synod on the Family

The Vatican has confirmed the participation of 48 delegates chosen by bishops' conferences to take part in this year's Synod... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Dec. 10, 2014 general audience.

Family synod gets down to basics of marriage, Pope says

In his weekly general audience Pope Francis started a new catechesis on the family, and explained that discussion surrounding the... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to journalists on the papal plane on his way to Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25, 2014.

Pope Francis speaks up on synod process – 'it isn't over'

In keeping with his usual tradition on papal trips, Pope Francis held an in-flight press conference on his way back... Read more

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville (File Photo/CNA).

Archbishop Kurtz: Want to strengthen families? Witness 'truths of the faith'

In responding to crises faced by modern families, the Church must work to restore hope and confidence that the call... Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols at the Vatican before the start of a session of the Synod on the Family, Oct. 10, 2014.

Cardinal Nichols clarifies, dispels media portrayals of synod

After returning from the 2014 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has clarified that the meeting was... Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.

Cardinal shines light on migration, marriage prep in family synod

The effects of migration and poverty upon families, the pastoral care of children, the Eucharist in connection to our understanding... Read more

Christians displaced by the Islamic State who have sought refuge in Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq.

Pope's concern for Christians in Middle East emerges at family synod

In an unexpected move, Pope Francis added to the schedule of the upcoming consistory for the causes of saints a... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington speaks with CNA in Rome on Oct. 4, 2014.

Don't expect 'sound bite solutions' from synod, US cardinal says

While there will not be any quick fixes unveiled at this year’s synod, a fair amount of talk can be... Read more

Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest and general rapporteur of the Synod of Bishops, speaks at a June 26, 2014 press conference at the Vatican.

Family needed today as much as ever, synod official emphasizes

The family is not an outdated model, and Catholics should defend it from the sins that call into question and... Read more

Bishops from around the world gather for the inaugural Mass of the 2014 Synod on the Family.

Synod must serve God's dream, not try to 'take over,' Pope says

The work of the Synod on the Family is more than a discussion of ideals or a show of intelligence,... Read more

Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, preaches May 23, 2010.

Cardinal Kasper: Adultery language is offensive, insulting

In recent interviews, German Cardinal Walter Kasper suggested that while Church doctrine cannot change, it can be adapted and interpreted... Read more